Strain database / community tool. Advice appreciated
I’m a pretty seasoned developer and recently got involved with a project outside of work. Currently, I’m in the process of deciding on a framework or open source API to use to develop our idea. So far I’ve explored how themes work, how plugins are implemented and started playing with some sort of theme api called Thematic (which seems pretty cool).
So, basically I collected a large amount of data about plants and different kinds of plant conditions that affect agricultural resources. Here is a brief overview of what a user can do with the interface I have:
- Search the plant tables based on any meta-data criteria
- Propose a change in data or contribute high quality images to associate with a plant record
What I am curious about is how to leverage the comments and user authorization features in WordPress to associate with records in the plant tables. One approach I considered was to create a post for each plant record (scripted) and then create a table that maps the relation between posts and plant records to easily associate comments with plant records. One issue is that not every plant record has a description or meta-data in which to store some sort of summary but I could probably suppress display of anything from the original WordPress posts and replace any search forms with a custom search that will point to my own plugin / implementation.
So my questions are:
Is there a better way to integrate the WordPress comments system into my own custom interface (integrated as a plugin)?
Would it be better to try to migrate my data as custom page / post meta-data elements and focus my efforts on creating a more “native” type of integration?
Either way, I can wield the data and map it anyway possible if need be. I know there are tons of plugins and extension so potentially there is something in that realm that I might find useful?
In any case, I am not very experienced with developing under WordPress but so far it doesn’t look too bad. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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